“A ship is safe in a harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.” William Shedd
“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.”
– Albert Einstein
We just finished the kick-off for our 2018 show season with a two day Artisan’s Open House in our home. Twelve artists came together to share their products ranging from watercolors to woodcarvings. Each artist was unique in their products, giving credence to Einstein’s quote, thinking and creating pieces which “no one else had thought”. I was once again in awe of the different forms artistry can take.
During lulls between a full house of guests, the artists shared with each other, how hard it was, not to create, but to put your pieces on display and for sale. These products come from creativity and also the heart.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”> There’s a personal connection with every piece an artist fashions, and having to sell them can be full of challenges. A challenge is to put your heartfelt designs on a table, figure out a price and be a salesperson. A challenge is to explain to customers why your art is worth the price, or why they should consider buying it. Many artists are often by nature introverts, and sales require every ounce of energy that being an extrovert can take. Yet as artists, we love sharing our pieces and know the sales part is an essential part of the business. If we stay in the harbor, safe and secure, our art never ventures out into the world. It’s a risk to share your pieces with the world, but in seeing the appreciative responses of others can bring affirmation, joy and great satisfaction. So as artists, we sail our ships out into the world on the winds of anticipation, hope and the power of our dreams.